A task force in charge of cleaning up the Citarum River has started investigating the cause of the black and foul-smelling water in a section of West Java’s longest – and dirtiest – river.The team had inspected the river starting from sector 16, said Maj. Gen. Dedi Kusnadi Thamim, the head of the Citarum Harum task force.Dedi said the river’s water condition was still normal from Walahar to Klari in Karawang regency. Authorities have also requested help from tap water company Perum Jasa Tirta II in supplying water to the Citarum River. However, Dedi said the dam gate in Walahar could only be opened for 15 minutes, since it might disrupt water supply to farming areas. “This is only our first effort. We will keep monitoring it,” Dedi said, adding that law enforcement members of the task force would also participate in monitoring the industrial area.Stretching 270 kilometers, the Citarum River supplies water to households and industries in West Java and Jakarta. It is also the source of power for three hydroelectric plants that can generate a combined 1,400 megawatts of electricity.The river, however, earned the status of one of the world’s 10 most polluted places in 2013 for its alarming levels of toxic chemicals due to domestic and industrial waste being dumped into it for a long time.The government has since set up an ambitious clean-up program involving the military under the Citarum Harum program, which has been hailed as a pilot project for river restoration. (dpk)Topics : “We’ve done digging near the river. The water turns black and smelly from Klari downstream,” Dedi said as quoted by kompas.com on Tuesday.According to reports, the water in the Citarum River in the Karawang area has been black and emitting a strong odor since Friday. Fish in the river have reportedly died due to the pollution.Theories put forward to explain the phenomenon include the possibility that river sedimentation that had built up over the years has begun to come up to the surface as the water flow rate decreased. Some people suspect new domestic or industrial waste polluting the water.The task force has cooperated with the Karawang Environmental Agency to take water samples at four different locations for laboratory tests.
The school said it has tested 133 athletes and 59 staff members so far. All other tests have been negative.University guidelines require any individual who tests positive to self-isolate for up to 14 days with daily monitoring from athletics medical staff.___Soccer’s governing body, FIFA, is using almost $900 million of its cash reserves to help member federations get through the coronavirus pandemic.All of FIFA’s 211 national members will get a $1 million payment and $500,000 more to spend specifically on women’s soccer. June 25, 2020 Associated Press ___East Carolina says it had one positive test result for COVID-19 this week.The school announced Thursday that it had performed 68 tests with athletes, coaches and staff Tuesday in its return-to-campus plan. The school didn’t specify who had the positive result from that group.So far, the school said it has tested 133 athletes and 59 staff members. All other test results have been negative.University guidelines require any individual who tests positive to self-isolate for up to 14 days with daily monitoring from athletics medical staff. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Minnesota Twins have had “a few” players in their organization recently test positive for COVID-19. The Sounders will travel to Orlando, Florida on July 3 to begin preparations for the MLS Is Back tournament. Seattle’s first game in the tournament is July 10 against San Jose.___The IndyCar Series plans to welcome fans back to the track July 9-12 at Road America near Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.IndyCar officials said all guests will be screened in their vehicles with contactless temperature checks before they enter the parking areas. Only people described as essential racing personnel will have access to the paddock. Face masks and hand sanitizer will be given to spectators as they arrive at the track.Fans are encouraged to practice social distancing and to wear a cloth face covering where social distancing is hard to maintain. IndyCar officials also are encouraging spectators to print their tickets at home for easier entry. President of baseball operations Derek Falvey said Thursday that each player was “doing well” in self-isolation at home. None of the positive tests came from players currently in Minnesota or in Fort Myers, Florida, where the team’s spring training headquarters are. Falvey declined to specify the exact number or whether the players were major leaguers or minor leaguers. Prior to the recent positive tests, Falvey said, the Twins had no known cases among players or staff.Major league camps are set to reopen next week, mostly at home stadiums.___The Seattle Sounders had one player test positive for COVID-19, but the player has recovered and returned to full team training.Seattle coach Brian Schmetzer said Thursday the player tested positive in the early stages of when the team returned to individual training last month. The player was quarantined and was later cleared to rejoin team activities. ___Manchester City has been given permission to host Liverpool in the Premier League on July 2 at Etihad Stadium.The Man City-Liverpool match had been one of five games the police asked to be held at a neutral venue to keep away fans because of safety concerns.But Manchester City Council’s safety advisory group says there are “no objections” to the match at City’s home stadium.The safety advisory group included representatives from the city council, Greater Manchester Police, fire and rescue services, and supporters’ groups. Each of the six continental governing bodies gets $2 million from FIFA’s reserve fund, which held $2.7 billion after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.FIFA says a further $565 million is available for interest-free loans to federations of between $500,000 and $5 million, depending on their audited annual revenue. Continental confederations can access $4 million.Many soccer federations get much of their income from the men’s national teams, which have been unable to play since November.FIFA says the money can go to help “clubs, players, leagues, or others that have been affected” by the pandemic.Oversight of the money and repayment plans will be led by FIFA governance panel member Olli Rehn, who is governor of the Bank of Finland. Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott says he is feeling “normal” after testing positive for the coronavirus earlier this month.“I would say I maybe had one or two days where I felt symptoms, and even then it wasn’t too bad,” Elliott said during a Twitch chat with Scooter Magruder this week. “I had a cough and a little bit of shortness of breath. But now I would say I feel good, I feel normal.”Elliott said he hasn’t resumed working out yet. He said he could have been re-tested this week, but decided that it wouldn’t hurt to wait and get more rest first.It was revealed June 15 that Elliott had tested positive for the coronavirus. That was about a week after he had been tested.Elliott’s mother said last week on Twitter that the running back had been around someone who had no symptoms, but then tested positive for the coronavirus three days later. Elliott’s mother and sister were with him during that encounter. Both tested negative. The Latest: Twins have had “a few” recent positive tests ___Michigan State says two athletes tested positive during a second round of COVID-19 testing, and East Carolina says it had one positive test result this week.Michigan State says 114 athletes were tested Monday, and the two who tested positive will be isolated for 10-14 days. Also, one athlete will have to quarantine for 14 days after contact tracing revealed close contact with someone who tested positive. No athletic department staff members tested positive.Michigan State previously announced that one athlete tested positive in testing done June 15. Athletes who have tested negative twice are now permitted to participate in voluntary workouts.East Carolina says it tested 68 athletes, coaches and staff on Tuesday in its return-to-campus plan. The school in Greenville, North Carolina, didn’t specify who had the positive result. ___The University of Memphis says three student-athletes and one staff member in the athletic department have tested positive for COVID-19. All four have been isolated, and medical staff are tracing their contacts. Memphis is neither releasing the names nor identifying the sport or sports involved, citing privacy concerns.The university shared video Wednesday on Twitter of members of the men’s basketball team returning to campus. Their first stop was the Penny Hardaway Hall of Fame for virus testing.___ ___The rugby final of the postponed European Champions Cup has been set for Oct. 17 and the final of the second-tier Challenge Cup will be the day before.The matches were called off in April because of the coronavirus pandemic.The quarterfinals for both tournaments have been rescheduled for the weekend of Sept. 18-20. The semifinals will be Sept. 25-27.Leinster will host Saracens in the quarterfinals in a repeat of the 2019 final, Toulouse plays at home against Ulster, Clermont Auvergne faces fellow French side Racing 92, and Exeter will welcome Northampton in an all-English clash. European Professional Club Rugby says it remains committed to staging the finals in Marseille, France.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Red Bull and Super League Gaming have joined forces to launch Red Bull All-Stars, a tournament that will see the strongest competitors from the third season of Super League’s League of Legends City Champs competition.Red Bull All-Stars will be hosted on July 23rd at Red Bull’s esports studio in Santa Monica, providing a “national stage for the most accomplished five-person teams” out of each of Super League’s four City Champs divisions.Ann Hand, CEO of Super League Gaming discussed the event: “Part of Super League’s mission is to enable aspiring amateur gamers to engage in competitions that mirror the professional experience, which require exceptional teamwork, strategic thinking and effective communication, in addition to high level gameplay skills. Partnering with Red Bull allows us to raise the bar and continue to advance our mission of becoming a true minor league for esports.”In order for teams to qualify for Red Bull All-Stars, teams took part in the third season of the League of Legends City Champs tournament, which saw teams across four divisions and sixteen cities battle it out. The top team from each division progressed to the newly-announced competition: Seattle Siege, Dallas Dynamite, Miami Menace, and Tampa Bay Dungeoneers. These squads will compete in a bracketed tournament that comprises of best-of-three series.Chris Wyatt, Program Lead for Riot Games added: “Amateur competition is an important cornerstone of all sports. Super League’s All-Star tournament, along with Red Bull’s involvement, represents a new milestone that all League of Legends players can aspire to compete in North America. We look forward to watching the All-Stars come together and test their skills in this exciting event.”Esports Insider says: Red Bull has plenty of ties in esports, so seeing that it has extended its offering with another competition is encouraging. Super League Gaming is doing plenty of great things for amateur competitors so it’s nice to see its offering increase too.Sign up to our newsletter!
January transfer window datesBelow are the opening and closing dates of the transfer windows in the major leagues across the world according to FIFA’s transfer windows calendar.CountryTop leagueOpen dateClose dateArgentinaPrimera DivisionJanuary 21February 20BrazilBrasileiraoJanuary 10April 3ChinaSuper LeagueJanuary 1February 28EnglandPremier LeagueJanuary 1January 31FranceLigue 1January 1January 31GermanyBundesligaJanuary 1January 31ItalySerie AJanuary 3January 18NetherlandsEredivisieJanuary 3January 31PortugalPrimeira LigaJanuary 3February 2RussiaPremier LeagueJanuary 23February 22SpainLa LigaJanuary 2January 31TurkeySuper LigJanuary 4January 31When does the Premier League transfer window close?Although clubs can put agreements in place before the window opens, English sides can officially start registering new players from midnight on January 1 and have until January 31.Teams have until 11pm GMT (6pm ET) that day to agree their deals and get paperwork sent to the governing body, but some details can then be finalised a few hours after that if extra time is needed to get a move over the line.When do European transfer windows close? Just like in England, the transfer windows in Germany, France, and Spain open as soon as the New Year commences and run until the night of January 31.Despite not being able to do business until two days later than their counterparts, teams in Netherlands and Italy also have until the last day of the month to finish up, while in Portugal they have until February 2.Russia have a bit of a delay in their windows due to the timing of their seasons, as they can bring in signings from January 23 until February 22.When do transfer windows close across the rest of the world? But now, this year, with the rest of Europe’s top sides gearing up for an intense end to the season with their domestic and Champions League campaigns to think about, some other big spenders could enter the market to boost their chances of winning the big prizes.Some European leagues have a bit more time to get their affairs in order, however, as the time the window closes varies for each country. Related News The January transfer window is open and the football world is eagerly anticipating more high-profile deals to take place.Last year, soap operas surrounding the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Virgil van Dijk and Diego Costa all took place in January as Barcelona, Liverpool and Atletico Madrid spent big money to get their most important deals finished within the first week. ‘Mkhitaryan had a problem with Mourinho’ – Armenia boss welcomes Arsenal move Getty https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/4f/1/christian-pulisic-borussia-dortmund_vinbkieitaim1qwoxgi0oxzz2.jpg?t=-1404962713&w=500&quality=80 Transfer window: When it was introduced, dates & everything you need to know Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/dc/b6/gonzalo-higuain-ac-milan-2018-19_1vziz5ogpe1ar1jf101c8ezdgk.jpg?t=-542364393&w=500&quality=80 Mercenary? Alexis Sanchez has joined the biggest club in England Seemingly sniffing around Europe’s top divisions and looking to lure top players with lucrative wages, Chinese Super League teams have a few extra weeks to prepare for the start of their 2018 campaign.The window opens on January 1 for clubs in China, but they can keep dipping into Europe and beyond until February 28.Meanwhile, in South America, Argentina’s window runs until February 7 after opening on Monday January 8, while Brazilian clubs get almost two extra months to get their squads in shape before it shuts on April 2.
Work crews began replacing that surface with turf last month, and according to specialist Renato Luis Lauretti of World Sports Turf, the contractor involved, the field is finished and the NFL has given its approval. Mexico City is scheduled to host an NFL game this season, and league officials and Azteca Stadium are taking no chances on the turf creating a debacle like last year.Last year’s scheduled Week 11 game in Mexico City between the Chiefs and Rams was moved to Los Angeles because of the poor condition of the new hybrid playing surface. “NFL testing the Stadium Azteca field … Everything approved and it can only get better,” Lauretti tweeted Monday. Related News Robbie Gould happy ‘weird offseason’ is behind him after securing new deal with 49ers NFL testing the Stadium Azteca field today. Everything approved and it can only get better.👏👏👍👍 pic.twitter.com/iqkV1nLdxe— Renato Luis Lauretti (@LaurettiLuis) July 16, 2019The Chiefs and Chargers are scheduled to meet in a Monday Night Football game Nov. 18. Mexico City has previously hosted three NFL games. Larry Fitzgerald says Kliff Kingsbury is speeding up Cardinals’ offense Golden Tate calls Matthew Stafford ‘best quarterback’ he’s played with